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Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Desirable paychecks are doled out to very senior Geotechnical Engineers. Surpassing the profession's national median salary of $61K annually, wages for these workers approximate $104K. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $56K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. Geotechnical Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $104K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,811 - $85,253
(Median)
$45K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,442
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$16.14 - $36.85
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,811 - $85,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,166  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,397  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,100 - $86,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.14 - $36.85  
   
Overtime
$21.47 - $42.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,166  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,397  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,100 - $86,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Salary cannot be beat at URS Corporation Inc., where median pay comes to $66K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $58K, and the higher end is not far away at $75K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Matlab, and Project are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and Visual Basic. Skill sets containing Microsoft Office also tend to include Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geotechnical Engineers, 22 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Portland (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Project
0%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%


AutoDesk
up arrow 6%

up arrow 7%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%
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